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Our Friday Night Record

24 August 2023

Club News

Our Friday Night Record

24 August 2023

Friday night games at the Crown Oil Arena are a rare occurrence. With the help of TVOS, we take a look at some of the facts!

Did you know that the Bromley fixture will be only the third time Dale have played at home on a Friday in the month of August?

On Friday 24th August 1979, Chris Jones scored the only goal of the game to give Dale a 1-0 win over Hartlepool United.

Two years ago, on Friday 27th August 2021, Dale celebrated the anniversary of 100 years in the Football League by wearing their black and white Centenary kit in the 1-1 draw with Colchester United.

Dale have played four Friday night away games in August, the last being at Halifax in 1987 where Lyndon Simmonds netted twice in his team’s 2-1 success.

But what about the other months of the year?

Friday will be Dale’s 196th game on that particular day – 193 in the Football League, one in the National League and two in the FA Cup.

Around one-third of those games were afternoon kick-offs on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day or Good Friday, leaving 132 Friday night matches before Bromley’s visit.

Dale have played 32 times at home on a Friday evening and 100 times away.

We have 33 Friday night wins, 33 draws and 66 defeats.

The best of those 33 wins is 5-0 at Darlington in October 2006. Dale’s best Friday night home result is a 5-1 thrashing of Bradford City in October 1965.

Tranmere Rovers feature in Dale’s worst home and away results on Friday nights, beating us 6-1 at Prenton Park in October 1987 and 5-3 at Spotland in May 1966.

Our most frequent Friday night opponents are three teams who used to regularly play home games at that time – Colchester United, Stockport County and Tranmere Rovers. We have faced each of them 11 times on a Friday evening.

The two FA Cup ties played by Dale on Friday nights brought contrasting results, with a 1-0 defeat of Marine at Anfield in November 1989 being followed by a 3-2 home loss to FC United in November 2010.


10th December 2010 - Peterborough United (a), Lost 1-2
25th March 2011 - Hartlepool United (a), Won 2-0
21st December 2012 - Cheltenham Town (h), Won 4-1
25th January 2013 - Cheltenham Town (a), Drew 0-0
20th December 2013 - Southend United (a), Drew 1-1
7th March 2014 - Bury (a), Drew 0-0
30th December 2016 - Shrewsbury Town (h), Won 2-1
29th December 2017 - Doncaster Rovers (a), Lost 0-2
28th February 2020 - Portsmouth (a), Lost 0-3
27th August 2021 - Colchester United (h), Drew 1-1


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